all very well

All right or quite true as far as it goes. For example, It's all very well for Jane to drop out, but how will we find enough women to make up a team? This idiom, first recorded in 1853, generally precedes a question beginning with “but,” as in the example. Also see well and good.


Nearby words

  1. all things to all people, be,
  2. all thumbs,
  3. all to the good,
  4. all told,
  5. all up,
  6. all well and good,
  7. all wet,
  8. all whites,
  9. all wool and a yard wide,
  10. all work and no play (makes jack a dull boy)

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